When Jewish Societies Were Banned: Zionists, Antizionists and the Politics of Anti-Racism
Thursday, 22 October 2015 from 13:00 to 14:00 (BST)
Pears Institute lunchtime seminar: When Jewish Societies Were Banned: Zionists and the Politics of Anti-Racism
Dave Rich, Community Security Trust and Pears Institute Associate
Date: 22 October 2015
Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Venue: Dreyfus Room, 26 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DQ
In the 1970s and 1980s some Students’ Unions took the United Nations-approved idea that Zionism is a form of racism, combined it with the National Union of Students’ policy of ‘No Platform’ for racists, and used it to ban Jewish Societies or restrict their activities on British campuses. This talk will describe these campus battles between Zionist and anti-Zionist activists, both of whom claimed to be opposing racism. In so doing, it will explore the origins of New Left anti-Zionism and its relationship to the idea of a ‘new antisemitism’.
Pears Institute lunchtime seminars provide an opportunity to hear and discuss new work in progress from an invited speaker in an informal setting. We cannot provide lunch but you are welcome to bring your own.
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Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London
The Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism was established by the Pears Foundation and is based at Birkbeck, University of London. It is a centre of innovative research and teaching, contributing to discussion and policy formation on antisemitism and racism. It is both independent and inclusive. www.pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk